Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Wonder Woman Lynda Carter is Supergirl's President

Lynda Carter, beloved by generations of DC Comics fans as TV's Wonder Woman in the 1970s, joins the cast of Supergirl from next season.

Carter will play the President of the United States in the series headlined by Melissa Benoist. She appeared in Smallville as a metahuman in 2007.

This news follows the casting of Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf) as Superman/Clark Kent. Carter joins fellow DC Comics live-action alumni John Wesley Shipp (The Flash), Dean Cain (Lois & Clark) and Helen Slater (Supergirl) on The CW.

As many fans (myself included) suspected after that jaw-dropping season finale, The Flash will officially be depicting the seminal DC Comics storyline 'Flashpoint' in season 3. This will directly impact CW stablemates Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Anthony Daniels at Star Wars Celebration Europe

Star Wars Celebration Europe is a month away and more actors from the Star Wars franchise have been announced.

Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett) will be joining confirmed guests Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (General Leia) and Warwick Davis (Wicket) at the ExCel, London.

The cast will be autographing all 3 days in the Celebration Autograph Hall. In addition to this exciting news. A New Hope and The Force Awakens will be screened on 15th and 16th July respectively.

Here's hoping Harrison Ford (Han Solo), John Boyega (Finn), Daisy Ridley (Rey), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) will be announced soon.

In related news. Sky Movies rebrands as Sky Cinema in the UK this July and Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres in August with subsequent films in the franchise appearing each summer, starting with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 2017.

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Saturday, 11 June 2016

John Williams to score new Indiana Jones movie

Legendary Hollywood composer John Williams will score the soundtrack for the fifth Indiana Jones movie. Director Steven Spielberg confirmed this during an AFI Life Achievement Award honouring John Williams.

Spielberg paid tribute to Williams' considerable contribution to cinema.

“Without John Williams, bikes don’t really fly, nor do brooms in Quidditch matches, nor do men in red capes,” said Spielberg, who has worked with Williams since Sugarland Express. “There is no Force, dinosaurs do not walk the Earth, we do not wonder, we do not weep, we do not believe.”

Whilst Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull fell far short of expectations in 2008, Williams' soundtrack was its saving grace and fans will be delighted to know he's returning to the franchise and studio stablemate Star Wars for Episode VIII, if he's able.

Williams told Variety that he's keen to score Episode VIII when the time comes. "If I can do it, I certainly will," The Force Awakens composer said. "I told Kathy Kennedy I'm happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn't want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley."

I wouldn't want anyone else writing music for Daisy Ridley, either.

Creative collaborators lauded the Oscar-winning composer's achievements.

“I had so many ideas for other movies, but I never got to them, because you ensured that Star Wars would endure forever,” George Lucas, creator of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, said in admiration of Williams.

“‘Oh Angel, I just hope this cue is good enough.’ These are the kinds of preposterous things that John Williams says at his own scoring sessions,” Lucas' Star Wars successor JJ Abrams said. “It’s like he’s never read his own résumé. He’s the sweetest superhero of all time.”

The fifth Indiana Jones movie is scheduled for release July 2019.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Supergirl welcomes Superman to the Arrowverse

Superman will officially fly into action next season on Supergirl. Variety reports casting is underway for the role of Clark Kent who will appear in the season 2 premiere this Fall.

Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg expressed his excitement at the prospect of having Superman on the show. "Greg, Ali and I are beyond thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly-more-famous alter ego to the world of Supergirl," he said. "Superman will be appearing in the first two episodes of the new season and we cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!"

Dean Cain played Superman in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and is Kara's adoptive father in the series, and the Arrowverse's Brandon Routh played the titular role in director Bryan Singer's much-maligned Superman Returns.

It's worth noting the Arrowverse and DC Cinematic Universe are not connected and that's a good thing in my book. Hopefully, Warner Bros. will stop imposing limitations on the former. Most notably having Deadshot disappear and mothballing Harley Quinn's planned debut due to Suicide Squad on the big screen.

Who would you like to see play Clark Kent? Should Smallville's Tom Welling reprise the role? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday, 5 June 2016


A roundup of DC Comics' small screen adventures:

The season finales of Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow were... disappointing. The former has been patchy and (mostly) directionless since season 2. The latter has been inconsistent, but it's had a fair share of memorable moments too. At this point I'm watching out of (misplaced) loyalty and in the hope of crossovers with The Flash...

The Flash and Supergirl show the most potential going forward with a healthy dose of comedy and drama. The Flash exceeds everything else in the genre space: from Earth-2 to THAT finale - the charismatic cast have had a blast mixing it up with their doppelgängers - even if casual viewers could be alienated by the complex continuity. The Flash crossed over to Supergirl with the promise of things to come as the series moves to The CW.

In a year without a new Doctor Who series, the DC Universe (DCU) is serving up a timey-wimey masterclass. If the 'Flashpoint Paradox' rumours are true, then all four series could become unmissable as an alternate timeline unravels in the wake of Barry Allen's actions.

May the speed force be with you. Always.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Hasbro's toys combine in IDW's Revolution

A generation grew up playing with Action Man, Rom, G.I. Joe, Micronauts, M.A.S.K. and Transformers toys. Now IDW combines Hasbro's beloved toy and animated properties into a comic book universe beginning this September.

Here's the official IDW press release:

IDW Publishing has unveiled its most ambitious comic book publishing venture in its history revolving around its fan-favorite titles based on Hasbro properties.

The “Revolution” event marks the birth of a comic book crossover that will be comprised of not only the TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE properties, but also all-new properties MICRONAUTS, ROM, and ACTION MAN, as well as the launch of a long-awaited M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand series.

This is not a reboot—rather, the Revolution series takes many of the building blocks of what has come before from IDW and builds on them anew, bringing all these elements together in an epic event that results in an all-new status quo for all involved. Everything fans have enjoyed up to this point remains intact as part of this ongoing continuity. The ramifications of Revolution will extend well beyond the event, as all of these iconic characters will henceforth exist in the same universe, altering the scope of IDW editorial in all the Hasbro series from this moment onward.

Revolution, the bi-weekly five-issue event series that launches this initiative, will be co-written by Cullen Bunn (MICRONAUTS) and John Barber (TRANSFORMERS) with art by Fico Ossio (MICRONAUTS). The event kicks off with a world-shaking threat that brings all opposing factions together in a storyline that just might see the destruction of the universe before it can truly begin!

“The Revolution series builds out of a detail that was introduced in IDW’s first-ever issue of TRANSFORMERS in 2005,” said IDW’s Chief Creative Officer, Chris Ryall. “So to finally be able to build upon the various story elements we’ve seeded over the years, and which come into play in a big way starting with July’s ROM #1 even before the launch of Revolution, is a blast. We’ve been working toward a full-fledged universe for some time and it’s great fun to be able to finally bring it to vivid life, especially since it allows us to give the world new titles like the very-requested M.A.S.K., as well as some exciting new books still to be announced.”

“We’ve done plenty of crossovers in the past,” said Michael Kelly, Head of Global Publishing at Hasbro, “but nothing near this scope or scale. Our heroes, whether they are from Earth or from distant reaches of the galaxy, all have one thing in common: their powers and abilities are based primarily on technology. We have been able to use this fact to build a natural and believable link between all of these disparate characters. The result is a complex and dynamic world where all manner of conflicts and team-ups can and will exist. If you are a fan of Hasbro’s brands, your time is now.”

Are you excited for IDW's crossover? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Disney demands Rogue One reshoots to lighten mood

Disney has ordered a month's worth of additional filming for director Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to add levity to a tonally dark war movie this summer.

Purportedly the film isn't testing well with execs and the studio wants to capitalise on the success of JJ Abrams' The Force Awakens. It's worth noting JJ Abrams film also underwent reshoots weeks from release.

Reshoots are not necessarily indicative of a film's failure and it can be to its benefit as seen in the success of Jaws, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Avengers.

Personally, I'd welcome a different tone for the standalone Star Wars movies. Give creatives a chance to mix things up in the sandpit so long as they're not swallowed whole by the studio system Sarlacc.

Edwards, best known for Monsters and Godzilla, will direct the reshoots over the summer and appear at Star Wars Celebration with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released in December 2016. Felicity Jones leads the Rebellion's death-defying raid to steal the Empire's Death Star plans and incurs the wrath of Darth Vader.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Academy releases rare Revenge of the Jedi trailer

The majority of Star Wars fans know there was a time when Revenge of the Jedi was a thing, before creator George Lucas decided it wasn't, months prior to the movie's release in the US, and changed it back to Return of the Jedi. By that time merchandise had already started shipping and now commands a premium in the collector's market.

The Academy has released this rarely seen gem.

In the spring of 1982 UK cinema audiences were given a brief glimpse of the final chapter, until The Force Awakens over thirty years later, in the Star Wars saga.

The teaser trailer, which spoils Han Solo's rescue from Jabba the Hutt, played with a double bill of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back from 30th May. It's very likely I saw this with my parents and pestered them about the seemingly interminable wait.

It's interesting to note the movie was originally scheduled for Christmas 1983, but ultimately moved forward to May of that year. Somewhat prescient given Disney's scheduling of its Star Wars movies since buying Lucasfilm in 2012.

Friday, 27 May 2016

The Star Wars Show unveils Star Wars Celebration art

Star Wars Celebration Europe is less than two months away and official key art, featuring heroes and villains from The Force Awakens and Rogue One, was unveiled during this week's edition of The Star Wars Show.

The captivating art has me even more stoked for the event in London this July. Rogue One has All Terrain Armored Cargo Transports (AT-ACT) as opposed to AT-ATs from the original trilogy. No doubt merchandise based on the new vehicle will be popular this holiday season.

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Gareth Edwards, Kathleen Kennedy and Dave Filoni are confirmed guests. This year's event promises to be the best yet in the wake of The Force Awakens and expectations surrounding Rogue One and Episode VIII.

Stay tuned for further coverage of Star Wars Celebration.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Transformers: The Last Knight rolls out summer 2017

This June director Michael Bay begins filming the next installment in the Transformers cinematic franchise, with Mark Wahlberg reprising his role as Cade Yeager from Age of Extinction, due for release summer 2017.

Transformers: The Last Knight.

Fans need not fear this is the final movie in the $3.7 billion dollar grossing series. A Bumblebee spin-off is set to follow in 2018 with a sixth Transformers film to arrive in multiplexes everywhere in 2019. Hollywood can't get enough of these transforming toys to the detriment of new IPs.

So, who's the Last Knight? Rumours suggest none other than Rom: The Space Knight. A toy released by Parker Bros., which had a Marvel comic tie-in, and now belongs to Hasbro.

Franchise stalwart Josh Duhamel is returning to the fray after he went missing in action in Age of Extinction. However, Megan Fox was last seen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and can be seen next in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

Are you looking forward to more Autobot vs Decepticon battles? Let me know in the comments below.